Send My Friend to School
2015 is the year that could change the lives of the 58 million children who are still missing out on school.
This year we are asking pupils to consider what they would do if they were world leaders.
Actually a lot been achieved since 2000 when the campaign started. World leaders have definitely been listening, and Send My Friend to School has made sure that the UK is one of the biggest donors to education. Here are a few of the achievements:
- 50 million more children are in primary school than in 2000.
- There was strong progress between 2000 and 2008 – if this had continued, all children would have been in school by 2015.
- The number of girls in primary school has increased. There are now 97 girls in school for every 100 boys.
- Rwanda and Vietnam have all increased children in school by at least 85% since 2006.
- Ethiopia is sending 2.2million more children to school, and India is sending 5.5million more than in 2000.
- In the UK around 5 million school children have taken part in Send My Friend to School, reminding world leaders to keep their promises. Students have persuaded over 1,000 MPs to go ‘back to school’ for a day.
However there is still much to do and the figures in these facts need our attention:
- 58 million children are missing primary school, and a further 68 million are missing secondary school. That’s 126 million children not in school today.
- 1 in 3 children missing out on school have a disability.
- Nearly half of children out of school live in conflict areas.
- There are still 31 million girls of primary school age who have never been to school.
- If the current pace continues it will be 2086 before all children go to primary school, and 2111 before they complete lower secondary school.
- About $26 billion is needed every year to pay for the extra schools and teachers needed to educate every child.
In the past 15 years, billions of pounds have been spent on giving education to girls, and huge improvements have been made. But much more has to be done. At the United Nations General Assembly in August and September 2015, world leaders must renew efforts to get ALL children into school, including girls.
Of the 781 million illiterate people in the world, two thirds are female.
In the developing world, 31 million girls do not go to school.
Three countries have over a million girls out of school: In Nigeria there are almost five and a half million, Pakistan, over three million, and in Ethiopia, over one million girls.